19 March 2016

#SaturdayShelfie March 2016

My Saturday Shelfie today is this little pendant...

Porcelain, tissue print and clear glaze fired in electric firing to 1280C

Autumn has now made an appearance with a cooler night and morning today...

This is the last of my little self sown zinnia...

Have a great weekend...

See you over on Facebook....

12 March 2016

Saturday Shelfie - March 2016

Today's Saturday Shelfie is a pair of blue glazed pourers that will be heading for a local Art Show in the next short while.

Wheel thrown stoneware. White glaze inside, Blue Hyacinth glaze outside. March 2016

Would be nice if they find new homes to go to...

More on the art show closer to the event.

09 March 2016

Firing Complete

I've now completed the glaze firing of the last of my special project pieces...

Here is a pic of the top shelf - there are a few pieces on the other side of that cone shaped bead holder (they are not beads but are glazed all over) and the rest are on bead racks on the lower shelf.

the nichrome and kanthal wire that I use to fire beads and special pieces becomes discoloured in the high firing...

To bring them back to a nice silver colour I had a wonderful tip from bead maker extraordinaire, Carolyne Brennan  of Hot Dot Designs.  Carolyne suggested I use gilders paste and it has worked a treat.

showing discoloured wire loop

First I sand any loose metal particles off the wire using wet and dry sandpaper

gilders paste mixed with a small amount of low odour Turps

Then I paint on the gilders paste and the next day I can buff it up to a nice shine.

Fiddly but worth the effort..

I'll post an after shot in my next post...

Edit: Linda hadn't heard of gilders paste which is used mostly by metal jewellery makers so here is a pic... as you can see it comes in different colours

01 March 2016

Nice to be included in the Clay Blog Review

The Clay Blog Review over on Pottery Making Info has included one of my posts in the January Review under their Process and Techniques section.

Lovely ..